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  1. 1 japa21
    February 22, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    Yes or no

  2. February 22, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    Congratulations Japa!
    Talking to myself….again on the last post.
    I am home!
    Hi ya Ms. Chips!

    • February 22, 2015 at 6:32 pm

      Welcome home LDS!!!! I’m bringing over your update from the last post:

      Well, well. wellโ€ฆ..
      I am back home. I do mean that figuratively and literally.
      I loved Cozumel, Mexico, the people, the sun, the rest, restoration and relaxation.
      It has taken me every bit of three to four days to catch up here.

      Let me just say that I loved getting awayโ€ฆโ€ฆ.but the connecting flights due to weather was a bit too much.
      It was cold everywhere except Mexico. The water was very chilly at the beach there even though the sun was out.
      It was cold in the airport at Miami. And when the lane landed in Newark, NJ on Thursday, I really thought that we were in Alaska.
      Talk about cold!!!!!!
      I missed you all and I thank you for all of the posts. I have not had time to let my blood family know that I am home because I needed to check in here first.
      I felt guilty leaving.
      But strangely enough, I felt guilty while I was there. We did get a chance to visit the Mayan ruins as we rode through the areas where the locals lived I was overwhelmed with the poverty.
      Immigration was heavily on my mind and I really cannot understand why some people do not want others to have a better life. I was really getting pissed because our connecting flight was in Texas, the airplane was running over with Texans and mid-westerns going over to Mexico for all the free liquor, fun and sun. The gluttony is remarkable.
      But somehow there is a problem with people making a decent living and life for their families to come here.
      It just does not make any sense to me and it never willโ€ฆโ€ฆ
      I am so grateful that we have a president who has a heart to care about those who have been neglected, rejected and taken advantage of even by their own country.
      Thank you Ms. Chips and TOD that I can come here and not get depressed.
      I WILL NOT be watching the Emmy awards tonight and I am passing the word.
      It feels good to be here.
      I love my President.
      And SHUT UP RUDY!


      • February 22, 2015 at 6:45 pm

        Mexico is a profound contradiction of extreme beauty and extreme poverty. Incredible history and ruins as well as a poverty of dismissed inheritance.

        Thank you, LDS, for expressing your insight and your kindness about your trip. It’s important that we recognize the issues at stake in immigration reform.

        • February 22, 2015 at 7:16 pm

          Ahhh, thank you Ms. Chips once I get started I know it’s time for another post.
          It is the norm for me now.

          Thank you Meta.
          The entitlement is unbelievable from those who are one paycheck, flood, hurricane, tornado away from being disenfranchised themselves.
          Whenever there is a natural disaster in places I am truly amazed of the lack of compassion for others less fortunate.
          The rebuilding of the towns seems to first and foremost(as it well should)……but you would think that it would have a profound effect on the heart.
          I marvel at our President’s persistent hard work and caring for an affordable health care for all had such a profound effect on him as he watched what his own Mother had to endure. That left a deep concern on his heart to make it right. That is why nothing from hell, earth or the GOP will ever stop this. He put everything into this. It was time. It was right. It makes sense.
          I have a great insurance and dental plan. I am overjoyed that others do as well now.
          It has nothing to do with my being patriotic. It has everything to do with me being human.
          I love my President!
          SHUT UP RUDY!

    • 15 GGail
      February 22, 2015 at 6:49 pm

      Welcome back LDS!
      And thanks Chips for bringing LDS’ comments over.
      Yes, we are very blessed to have PBO as our leader. And yes, the poverty in Mexico is overwhelming. I don’t understand it either, but we Americans love to go there because everything, from the handmade clothing and shoes, to the giant lobsters are so affordable, but we begrudge any one from Central America to come here to earn a decent living and send money back to their families.

      • February 22, 2015 at 7:28 pm

        GGail, you feel me, right?
        I bought more than I had planned to and nothing that I really needed.
        I always make sure that I leave a nice tip and write “Thank You “for the person who cleans my room.
        Okay. I need some chocolate right about now.

        • 17 GGail
          February 22, 2015 at 8:14 pm

          Yup! I feel you LDS. Thank you for treating those you encountered with dignity and respect. They so deserve it.

  3. 20 jacquelineoboomer
    February 22, 2015 at 6:33 pm

  4. February 22, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    I’m so grateful that PBO is absolutely and completely 21st century and has the foresight to develop such a great “brilliant minds” digital staff. They allow us to see what’s going on in PBO’s administration without the filter of RW MSM and is such a great breath of fresh air. Pete Souza leads the pack and produces stellar images that include us at every step. BRAVO!!

  5. 26 GGail
    February 22, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    Yoooohooooo, we’re baaaack! Had such a grand ole time – we have some wonderfully kind peeps at TOD. Those girls made the beginning of my birthday week marvelous. We had indoor seating and the rain looked lovely from inside the restaurant. We stuffed ourselves on the brunch buffet, then when the rain let up, we decided to go out on the patio to take a group photo. Well, I don’t know why/how this happened, but we got locked outside ๐Ÿ˜ฏ We had seen others go in and out of that same door and now we can’t get back in through it! We had to get back in by way of entering another groups private party…”cuz me, cuz me, cuz me, we’re sorry” ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    Our next get-together will be in May. We would love for others to join us. We tried to think of other SoCal TODers, like HZ who we think might join us. All are welcome!

  6. 55 jacquelineoboomer
    February 22, 2015 at 6:57 pm

  7. February 22, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    Congrats John! ๐Ÿ™‚

    My hope is that this photo will persist as an historical reminder of an amazing diplomatic success ….


  8. 73 vcprezofan2
    February 22, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    Are you planning to join in the twitter offensive to ignore #OscarSoWhite tonight?

  9. 84 vcprezofan2
    February 22, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    The ‘TOMORROW’ in these tweets means TONIGHT…

  10. February 22, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    Good day, all.

    I never watch the Oscars, so no great loss for me. The only award show I tune into is the Tonys, because NPH and singing and dancing. Right now I’m watching England v. Scotland in the Cricket World Cup.

    Which brings me to the next topic: where the hell is amk? I have questions.

  11. 92 jacquelineoboomer
    February 22, 2015 at 7:16 pm

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  14. February 22, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    That’s odd, there was to be live streaming of PBO’s remarks at the Governors’ Dinner, but now it says ‘the broadcaster has cancelled this event’ ๐Ÿ˜•


  15. 104 japa21
    February 22, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    • February 22, 2015 at 7:43 pm

      First time ….

      Ava DuVernay: โ€œThis is usually a safe place for actresses to get together and commiserate, talk, network, cry, celebrate, do whatever theyโ€™re going to do and theyโ€™ve never allowed a filmmaker in โ€” this is the first year โ€” so I feel very honored. All of these sisters are extremely special and important to the black cinematic image for the way black women are seen around the world. They have a lot to carry on their shoulders. They do it beautifully. To be invited in and honored is very emotional for me.”

    • 110 GGail
      February 22, 2015 at 7:45 pm

      Beautiful rainbow of accomplished black female actresses. They deserve more work.

      Thanks Bob for posting.

  16. 111 JER
    February 22, 2015 at 7:41 pm

  17. 114 sabreen60
    February 22, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    Don’t know if this true – consider the source – but switching channels and saw Haley Barbour on repeat of Meet the Press saying that he attended the Governors’ conference and Democratic Governors were complaining about President Obama and saying this is the slowest recovery EVAH!

    Oh, he also said he had good black folk in Miss. Sounded like he might as well have said we got good nigras in Miss ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    • 115 carolyn
      February 22, 2015 at 7:44 pm

      Would Haley Barbour know the truth if it hit him in the face? I think not. He is a southern yarn-teller……never tell the straight story…..always embroider and add to it.

      • 116 carolyn
        February 22, 2015 at 7:51 pm

        I can say this about Southern storytellers, because I know from personal experience. My mother’s mother was a Texan, and the five siblings were Southern storytellers. They would each tell a story, but no two would tell the same story the same way, and each would embroider it richly to his or her liking. One of my aunts married a rather strait-laced Swede who was overwhelmed by this storytelling, as were all in-laws at first. His remark when he heard them was. You certainly do paint with a full brush. Yes…..if the picture/story is a little dull, add more paint! And in my family, there was an endless supply. I watched my husband and my brother-in-law at their first encounters with this storytelling group, just staring with their mouths hanging open, and their heads swiveling from one person to another…..absolutely in awe.

        • 117 sabreen60
          February 22, 2015 at 7:59 pm

          That’s funny carolyn. Sorta like playing the game “telephone” we use to play as a kid. A kid would make up a story and tell it to another kid and that one would tell it to another and on down the line. By the time the story was told by the last person, it was nothing like it started out.

      • February 22, 2015 at 8:18 pm

        So the Democratic Governors trust Haley Barbour so much that they are trashing their own President? Did any of those Democratic Governors tell Barbour how they blame the Republicans for doing nothing to help the recovery? Like refusing to work with President Obama.

    • 121 criquet
      February 22, 2015 at 8:06 pm

      Well, considering that the GOP met on the night of PBO’s first inauguration and plotted to say no and obstruct everything and make him a one term President, threatened and almost defaulted compromising the full faith and credit of the USA and continuing to oppose every policy measure for economic recovery just to make PBO fail, the recovery is amazing.

      Unfortunately I doubt any “journalist” pointed this out to good ole southern thinking Haley.

  18. 126 JER
    February 22, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    The Count is covering the food.

  19. February 22, 2015 at 8:02 pm

  20. 130 JER
    February 22, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) takes to the podium following President Obama’s toast to the NGA dinner at the White House.


  21. 131 JER
    February 22, 2015 at 8:09 pm

  22. 133 Nena20409
    February 22, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    Au and Ag Medalist ๐Ÿ™‚ is Japa, Yes!
    Bronze goes to Trumdog

  23. 134 Nena20409
    February 22, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    The names of the Nations:

    • 137 carolyn
      February 22, 2015 at 8:47 pm

      It may be cold and snowy outside, but it’s spring in the White House…..love those wonderful spring flowers. FLOTUS has such class and joi de vivre!

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  25. 143 globalcitizenlinda
    February 22, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    Waiting for a peep at FLOTUS’ dress

  26. 144 vcprezofan2
    February 22, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    Danny-like growth in 3 months

  27. 148 desertflower
    February 22, 2015 at 8:47 pm

  28. 149 amk for obama
    February 22, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    gud gawd.

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